The issue of how honest can we be in the workplace is something that fascinates me.
For me, honesty in any relationship is paramount but I know many men and women have concerns about how to have more open and honest conversations at work, especially around maternity.
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When women enter their maternity leave they are often given a wide berth to work out their thoughts and feelings on whether they will return. I know this because they tell me and I am often privy to their decision making process to return.
Companies that do invest in coaching seem to be looking to reduce the amount of personal connection and replace it with webinars and online resources.
Why are our plans for a family and plans to combine children and a career so off limits?
Why are so many managers so ill prepared to have honest and open conversations?
I believe it is because it involves our feelings.
Replace the word “plans” in the sentence above for “desires” and it becomes even clearer. Discussing a colleagues desires in the workplace seems somehow “wrong” -so we don’t, and instead approach the topic from a more logic, rational persecutive or not at all.
See my recent post Why are we so scared to be honest? and would love to know your thoughts.